I´m a documentarist, visual artist and a pasionate trad climber. 

I participated on internationally succesful art projects (Banksy´s Dismaland 2015, Szpilman Award 2013, Zootropio 2012).

For my climbing documents I have been awarded on many international mountaineering film festivals(2014-2019).

In 2015 I co-founded a trad climbing festival POVL, which takes place every year in Czech Republic.

I have a Master in Photography (FAMU, Prague 2005-2011)


Marek Holeček and Zdeněk Hák, winners of the 2018 Piolet D’Or award for Satisfaction! route on Gasherbrum I, push their luck in Himalayas again. Two-kilometre northwest face of Chamlang that has not been permeated so far and seven days that can result in conquering the non-essential as much as losing everything that matters in life. A documentary by Jan Šimánek brings both an insight into the mountaineers’ personal lives and a report about an extraterrestrial performance as well as its historical background, and addresses mountaineering as such. During 2020 on festivals, trailer to see here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s_ckbbpX2Gg 


The main role in this awarded documentary is played by the legend of the Czech sandstone climbing Petr "Špek" Slanina. He has been famous for opening new routes and first ascents on Czech sandstones – in traditional climbing style, as well as for his imperturbable ease. 




Adam Ondra 

Pushing the limits

An intimate portrait of Adam, one of the most dedicated humans I know. A film essay which takes his achievments in broader contexts and follows him to his next challenge, the Olympic games in Tokyo 2020. 

Black Diamond 

The Balkan trilogy

In 2018 I went on a climbing road trip with Adam Ondra thru Balkan countries with the goal to produce three short videos for Black Diamond. I wanted to try to avoid the clichés of the outdoor industry, like the overuse of music and drama. I created two short conceptual videos about topics of fame and cooking and one longer, non-narative document.

ian.simanek@gmail.com           +420 720 965 296
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